NiceHash Founder to be Accused of Fraud by FBI

Bureau believes Matjaž Škorjanc had fraudulently received, and sold the data on the cybercrime forum he had created and Darkode darknet-marketplace
11 June 2019   221

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has accused the founder of the mining marketplace NiceHash Matjaž Škorjanc of extortion and fraud in the banking sector, Decrypt reports.

In particular, the FBI claimed that Škorjanc had fraudulently received, and then sold the data on the cybercrime forum he had created and Darkode darknet-marketplace.

The site was closed in 2015, when more than 70 people were arrested. Nevertheless, Darkode resumed work a few months ago.

Now, along with three other suspects, Škorjanc is accused of breaking into bank accounts and credit card data in order to steal personal information.

It is alleged that from 2008 to 2013, the total damage from the activities of Darkode amounted to about $ 4.5 million.

Note, this is not the first accusation against Matjaž Škorjanc. In 2013, he was sentenced to four years and ten months in prison for creating malware used for the Mariposa botnet, which infected more than a million computers.

In 2017, the wallets of NiceHash users were hacked and bitcoins worth $ 60 million were  stole. In the summer of 2018, returned to their customers about 60% of stolen assets.

Giant Mining Solar Powered Farm to Created in California

Plouton Mining will allocate solar panels on 49 acres and it's planned they should generate about 10-13 megawatts per day, working for an average of 12 hours
26 June 2019   67

Plouton Mining, a subsidiary of Plouton Group Holding, intends to open the largest Bitcoin farm in North America for mining, whose operations will be provided by solar energy. To this end, the firm chose a territory in the western part of the Mojave Desert, California.

Plouton Mining will place solar panels on 49 acres: they should generate about 10-13 megawatts per day, working for an average of 12 hours. The company stressed that Western Mojave receives sunlight for 70% of the year.

The company will also sign the necessary contracts with local electricity suppliers in order to operate the farm in the absence of solar radiation.

Meanwhile, the bitcoin hashrate has again updated the historical maximum at 66.666 EX / s.